1 Dec – It's been a long time coming, and Netflix has finally rolled out its much-anticipated download function.
The U.S.-based provider of on-demand Internet streaming media now gives its subscribers the option to download shows and movies to be watched later without internet connection.
"Many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way, so there is plenty of content available for those times when you are offline," Eddy Wu, Director of Product Innovation, stated on Netflix's blog.
Netflix subscribers have been flooding social media with their joy over the new function. No doubt, it is a function that will be even more highly appreciated this side of the world where internet stability is often a cause of concern.
With the option to download, wary users can now say goodbye to long loading time and choppy streaming.
Some of the TV series available for download include "Orange is The New Black", "Narcos" and "The Crown". While offline movies consist of animated movies such as "Minions" and "Kung Fu Panda 3" as well as older titles that include "Begin Again" and "Moonrise Kingdom".
Content that is currently excluded for downloads are the rebooted "Gilmore Girls" and "Fuller House", Marvel series "Jessica Jones", "Luke Cage" and "Daredevil", and Disney movies such as "Zootopia" and "The Jungle Book".
All the available content will be listed under "Available for Download" and downloaded content can be viewed under "My Downloads".
The download function is currently only available on phones and tablets.
Bear in mind that the download button is only visible in the up-to-date version of the Netflix app, on devices using Android 4.4.2 or later or iOS 8.0 software or later.